Well one thing is becoming clearer. It really doesn’t appear that Bernadette Clement wants to be a city councilor in Cornwall? She has attempted to run for upper political office or hope to become a judge each election.
Last night the local Liberal riding went through the charade of a nomination race with Ms Clement getting the nod on the first ballot.
There really wasn’t a credible political alternative (nothing personal Corey or Patricia) which highlights the malaise that has set into the party that once boasted Ed Lumley at the lead or even Bob Kilger.
Lumley was a political giant that was a cabinet minister with PM potential. Kilger was a party boy who had a good time and retired to two terms as mayor serving with Clement before Corruption and Cancer took him down and destroyed his legacy.
Lumley, Kilger, Clement? That’s a huge drop. Ms Clement’s political career echoes Guy Lauzon’s, our Harper MP, in that neither pose any real substance, but seem to always say very nice things if they like you and smile for the cameras.
Ms Clement’s biggest problem is that she doesn’t play well in the counties( a lot of racism in Eastern Ontario) and that her party’s local political machine is a hot mess compared to the local Conservatives and is led by a gentleman that is the riding association than spends more time in a local Facebook Hate group than stumping for his team.
There simply isn’t enough Francophone votes that support her in the riding to push her to victory.
In the last election Ms Clement’s strategy seemed to be to hide from Lauzon and smile a lot hoping for mystical change. She was soundly pounded and finished worse than Denis Sabourin who is now on her team and had been a key Kilger staffer.
This writer decided to pass on the event last night because frankly she’s acted very very weirdly towards myself from supporting the city’s boycott of this newspaper and what appears to be our 33 year old public art gallery of which I sit on the board. (She supported our funding be cut to zero including citing our governance as a reason to not give TAG the tiny bag of cash slotted for the failed Lift Off event even though the gallery board has cleaned up the historic mess that was its governance which she supported each year that she has been an elected official)
Politicians have to stand for something. Ed Lumley proved that, and generations later still speak of his stand for our community.
Ms Clement sadly seems more focused on currying favor with party bosses than constituents.
It would be interesting to see how a strong dedicated Independent candidate would do in the riding being able to stand between two party hacks like Lauzon and Clement? Especially during a debate where they might have to actually answer a tough question or two?
Ms Clement has stated that she will be taking leave from Council and her job as a lawyer to focus on the campaign.
Of course after the Orange Crush of the last campaign we have seen that sometimes a party can get by with weak and useless mouthpiece for a candidate.
With Justin Trudeau wilting as we get close to election time it should be interesting to see if voters in this riding simply give Guy more pension time and stay out of Frances’ hair or if Ms Clement can mount any sort of offensive?
Or if how numbers are trending frustrated voters simply decide to vote Orange?
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